Operation K-9 raises funds for area law enforcement K-9 teams

It’s been a bittersweet year for law enforcement K-9 teams in our region.

There have been many successes as K-9s helped apprehend armed suspects wanted for serious crimes, and sniffed out narcotics and critical evidence that led to convictions in burglary, assault and drug cases. But the year also included the shooting death of Duluth Police K-9 Haas during a standoff with an armed man.

Operation K-9 will be held Thursday, June 13, from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., and will highlight the work of K-9s from five area law enforcement agencies, while also paying tribute to K-9 Haas and other recently retired K-9s. The sixth annual event is moving to a new location this year – the University of Wisconsin-Superior football field on Belknap Avenue – to better accommodate the continued growth in attendance.

Operation K-9 is presented by the AMSOIL Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation. K-9 teams from five area law enforcement agencies – the Duluth, Hermantown and Superior Police Departments and St. Louis County and Douglas County Sheriff’s Offices – will join forces; demonstrating their impressive abilities.

In addition to K-9 demonstrations, Operation K-9 includes opportunity to meet the K-9s from the agencies supported by the Foundation. There will also be law enforcement vehicles and equipment to tour, plus other family-friendly activities. The event is free and open to the public, however donations are encouraged.

Food and beverages and K-9 souvenirs will be available for purchase with proceeds going to the K-9 Foundation. There will also be a silent auction.

“K-9s are an amazing resource for law enforcement. They help us do our jobs better while keeping our officers and others in the community safe,” said St. Louis County Sheriff’s Lt. Jason Akerson. “But they’re expensive to purchase and train, and as our agencies are constantly trying to trim costs, we appreciate all the help we can get from the public to support our K-9 programs.”

Operation K-9 is sponsored by AMSOIL INC., AG O’Brien, Arrowhead Printing, Benson Electric, Doucette’s Party Rental, Dairy Queen, Great Lakes Bounce Houses, Happy Tails Animal Hospital, Hearing Wellness Center, Jeff Frey and Associates, Lakewalk Surgery Center, Northern Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, Rich Cuisine, Sound Central, Super One Foods, Twin Ports Paper and Supply, US Bank and Waste Management

The AMSOIL Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit. For more information on Operation K-9 and the AMSOIL Northland Law Enforcement K-9 Foundation, or to make a donation, visit northlandk9.org or facebook.com/northlandk9.